Last month I left my lifelong home for Nashville, Tennessee
California IS a grim place, especially post-COVID and especially in the big cities. We left July 2020 after 25 years to an Austin suburb. It was important for us to have our children physically in school (in person). Most people in California are unaware of their own situation - they are in denial about the dystopia that they've come to accept as normal. Its normal to feel unsafe in a park in LA. Its normal to have homeless follow you around in a grocery store and harass you. Its normal to see people doing drugs in the street. Congrats on your move - and no - its not a privilege to move (as many people will say to you) - its a decision.
Why do you feel more inclined to give money to homeless women than men?
As a native Tennessean, for the love of everything holy, please do your best to assimilate. It's not enough to simply vote conservative. Embrace being a Tennessean:
Do not honk. Say y'all. Wave. Be friendly. Slow down. Pull for our teams. Don't curse loudly in public.
As much as we don't want liberal politics, we don't want California culture either.
If you’re still registered in CA, you CAN vote for Michael via mail in ballot…..and you should for the sake of those you left behind.
You had the resources to leave a politically gridlocked state that is failing its citizens.
Go back. Nobody wants you.
My wife daughter and I have a similar story leaving Toronto for Naples FL. It’s been so refreshing and good for the soul! Especially for our daughter.
Congratulations! Enjoy life, its short. The glass is always half full on the other side of the fence or something.
Congratulations on your escape, now get entrenched and buy property as soon as you possibly can.
The migration into California, both of people and of capital, is what made it what it has become. The corrupted legislature and executive branch of the state will continue to import more people and more capital, which then forces those already living here to migrate out of the state.
It's the same story with intra-migration; population pressure causes increased demand in areas where there are income opportunities, those with equity extract it and dominate the markets within lower-cost areas, those whose ability to stay in place are forced to migrate and the cycle repeats itself endlessly.
Your escape from this paradigm is entirely understandable, wise, even but make no mistake; you are increasing demand in the area to which you just moved. If you don't want to find yourself unable to remain in place when you're older and weakened, entrench now, and remember your compassion for those who could not master the competition for perennially-scarce resources.
All eyes are on the urban blight in California, but that's only part of the story. In the exurban areas, those who are entrenched are still living their prosperous and comfortable lives, and accumulating even more wealth as the result of a hyperinflation that benefits the rentier classes.
This is the simple praxis of economics. It is amoral, and those who fail to understand it will take their displacement when it is imposed on them. Baffled and inchoate, they become the sustenance of the entrenched.
Welcome to Tennessee! Make sure you visit the Smokey Mountains and East Tennessee.
Twist them words.
So very well-written, thank you. Your interview on Glenn Greenwald on Rumble was inspirational, delightful, informative and courageous. Thank you again
enjoyed reading !! happy future :)
Let’s hope your chipmunks in LA are still being taken care of by someone else.
Enjoyed reading. It painted a grim picture.